Do you know those small houses, through the windows of which you can catch a glimpse of the silhouettes inside slipping by, hastily touching each other's hips or shoulders, stopping to face each other, too close, between the walls that seem to confine them, caught in an embrace on the single bed mattress, with only one pillow, passing each other a slice of bread across the table, talking softly, since the distance between their lips is not that big, adorning each other's presence, while you feel like the space had contracted itself to keep them together? I live inside a big house.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2023, the group has 10,790 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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